If Arizona Were a Storage Unit, What Countries Would Fit Inside?

Pictured above: Arizona storing Ireland

Our maps show how different countries would fit inside Arizona

Arizona is a pretty big state. Encompassing 113,990 square miles, Arizona is the 6th largest state by area in the Union. This shouldn't be all that surprising to Americans who've spent any time looking at a map of their country, and particularly not to Arizonans, but what might surprise both groups is how Arizona's size compares with other countries. Were Arizona a country, it would be the 73rd largest, coming in just behind the Philippines and ahead of Ecuador. That means that, with roughly 200 counties out there (depending on your definition), Arizona is larger than the majority of them, or roughly 124 countries. In order to visualize how Arizona compares in size with some of these countries, we came up with a silly hypothetical scenario: if Arizona were a storage unit, what countries could it store?

Of course, using maps to illustrate size is a tricky matter, since most 2D map projections distort size in favor of shape. This includes the Mercator Projection used by Google Maps. Fortunately, we found thetruesize.com, a tool which runs on top of Google Maps and accounts for these distortions, allowing for accurate size comparisons. Now you can see exactly how these countries would fit inside of your Arizona self storage unit.

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